Listed company Scott Technology is offering New Zealand
scientists and researchers free access to its latest product
from its stable of high temperature superconducting magnet
The systems are manufactured in Wellington.
Scott, best known for its appliance assembly lines,
manufacturing and robotic meat industry equipment, is also
involved in niche-market products and technology for the
In April 2011, Scott paid $4.4 million for a controlling 51%
stake in Wellington-based crown-owned HTS-110 Ltd. Industrial
Research Ltd has a 35% stake and American Superconductor
Scott managing director Chris Hopkins said yesterday the
''latest generation'' HTS-110 high temperature
superconducting magnet system was a version of nuclear
magnetic resonance (NMR), a technique which provided ''highly
specific chemical information'' on a variety of materials.
NMR was similar technology to the better-known magnetic
resonance image (MRI); a magnetic scanner used for medical
purposes, and could include using contrast agents in the body
to improve the image in MRI scans.
A nuclear magnetic resonance machine developed by Scott
Technology subsidiary HTS-110 Ltd. Photo supplied.
Current developments of HTS-110 included NMR spectroscopy
equipment for the chemical, biofuel and pharmaceutical
and the MRI magnets used in industrial and medical imaging
Mr Hopkins said one of the ''key'' factors for scientists and
researchers was that the new NMR was mobile, could be turned
on and off with ease, its strength could be varied and it
offered scientists different analysis techniques.
''Mobility is the key feature, along with new analysis which
is replacing old technology,'' Mr Hopkins said.
He said NMR technology had been trialled in the
pharmaceutical and medical industries in Italy and Japan and
most recently an NMR was sent to the United States, The NMR
technique provided highly specific chemical information from
a variety of materials which increased the understanding of
chemical reactions, for both industry and research purposes,
''HTS wants to give Kiwi researchers the opportunity to be
among the first in the world to get access to this technology
and to help share and promote the advances that Kiwi
researchers will make with this new magnet,'' he said.
He hoped researchers or universities would be interested in
the trial to borrow an NMR, which would raise the profile of
HTS-110 Ltd while they were able to access ''world-leading''